oscarGressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum and the Museum of East Anglian life have been awarded £1.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme to deliver a training project between 2011 and 2015.

Two new traineeships are now on offer:

Public Events traineeship – working with staff and volunteers at the museum to assist with the development and delivery of family and adult leisure learning opportunities.

Heritage Learning traineeship working as part of a successful learning team at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse helping to deliver high quality schools learning events to young people of all ages and abilities, also assisting with the museum’s informal learning programme

This project provides an opportunity for young people and adults from any background to develop skills and knowledge in a specific area of traditional skills. Where possible, learning will be tied to accredited qualifications. This will give the trainees both work experience and training, and will be a good stepping stone for further opportunities in the heritage or historic environment sector.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is offering a number of formal apprenticeships in such areas as traditional farming and horticulture in partnership with Easton College.

They will also be offering 6-12 month traineeships that will be targeted at both young people and ‘second careerers’. These will be based around areas such as heritage gardening, woodland & heritage land management, rural collections management and interpretation, and managing historic buildings.

Trainees work alongside staff and volunteers under the supervision of a project officer. Mentoring and career development support is also provided. For people not sure what area they wish to specialise in there is a yearly programme of 3 month traditional skills “taster” courses running at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

If you would like more information on the work taking place at the Museum of East Anglian Life, please see the Skills for the Future page on their website.

Further information:

Skills for the Future – general leaflet

For further information on these two new posts see the Website 

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